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New York’s annual street band extravaganza is back, with more participants, shows, school visits & community partners than ever.
New York’s annual street band extravaganza is back, with more participants, shows, school visits & community partners than ever.
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Six days, 16 Bands, 12+ Concerts, 200+ Musicians = HONK NYC!

10/8/14: We're down to the wire!!! Can we make it? We need all of you to pledge now or else we will lose all the support we've gained in the past weeks. Please, pitch in NOW to put us over the top!

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October 13 - 18, 2014

A feast for the ears, enticing and delightful to the eye, HONK NYC! presents a wide range of music that everyone can dance to. The festival is organized by members of NYC’s own Hungry March Band in conjunction with local music promoters, venues, schools, arts and community organizations.

HONK NYC! was unofficially “founded” in 2007 as an after-party to the Boston-area HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. In this year, HONK NYC's eighth, we've discovered our band uniforms are too small. Over the course of this campaign, we've realized the following:

We have officially become our own, full-fledged festival production. 

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In the immediate, our 2014 campaign is about funding a festival estimated to cost over $17,000. One example: we just ordered TWO of these 38 seater coaches to bring our visiting artists to NYC from the Providence Honk. 

Big Bus x 2 = Lots of Musicians Coming to Town!
Big Bus x 2 = Lots of Musicians Coming to Town!

Another example: last night we printed over 100 our of festival posters. Today our publicist, the great John Seroff at GreenHouse Publicity, who works for half his professional rate on our project, sent out another round of announcements. Why do we do this?

We want as many NYers as possible to know about this great work!

Design by Blade 33 / Art by Samantha Tsistinas
Design by Blade 33 / Art by Samantha Tsistinas

Those are just a few of our expenses, and they're well worth it. What we're doing now - again, as we did last year - is laying another foundational level of our festival infrastructure. It's obvious to us in so many ways how all the long hours of work in 2013 paid off: it was much easier this year for us to program some of our core events. Because of that, we were able to add a 5th school to our educational program, to work again with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space and John Seroff, and to develop real partnerships with More Gardens!, WFMU and Ariana's List.

This year’s campaign is helping us realize what is necessary to establish a sustainable, on-going festival production model for this particular event. 

We want to continue to be able to present our programming for many years to come. Your support NOW makes this year’s fest possible, and assists us in grounding and expanding our infrastructure moving forward. 

We are so thrilled to be bringing you another huge endeavor. Eleven local projects, five bands from across the country and the world, eight of which are new to HONK NYC! -- it is a true meeting of the horns, the dancers, the drums, the music and YOU!

We cannot wait to see you in the streets, on the ferry, in the schools, at the parties, in the gardens, and at the parade!

Hungry March Band
Hungry March Band

Meet Our Visitors: We have five bands coming to us this year!

Three international groups:

Two from the United States:

And, in their 8th appearance at HONK NYC!:

Meet our returning (and much beloved) NYC participants:

New York bands making their first appearance at HONK NYC! 2014 include:

Environmental Encroachment at Staten Island Community Charter School, 2012, Photo Courtesy of the School
Environmental Encroachment at Staten Island Community Charter School, 2012, Photo Courtesy of the School
Perhaps Contraption at P.S. 10 for HONK NYC! 2013
Perhaps Contraption at P.S. 10 for HONK NYC! 2013

We LOVE our School Program! 

What child doesn’t love a moment to dance, sing, play music and express themselves? HONK NYC! believes all children should have the opportunity to enjoy the wonder and magic of live music. With the help of our Kickstarter backers, in 2013, our four guest bands played to over 2,000 school children in Brooklyn and Staten Island. This will again happen this year!  We look forward to introducing the following bands to our partner institutions:

Meet our presenting partners:

Here is the Tine Tee - all different, all special, remixed and redesigned, as modeled by festival steward Sara Valentine, and accompanied by some employees of the TSA!

HONK NYC! Tee by Tine
HONK NYC! Tee by Tine
Jenny Harder will play her trumpet just for you!
Jenny Harder will play her trumpet just for you!
The EE Bunnifcation Package Panties!
The EE Bunnifcation Package Panties!
Sebastian Isler of Hungry March Band offers your his Trombone Telegram.
Sebastian Isler of Hungry March Band offers your his Trombone Telegram.

 HONK NYC! is one of six spin-offs of the Boston-area HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands, a summit of more than thirty such ensembles taking place annually over Columbus Day weekend. Founded in 2007, HONK NYC!, like its sister festivals, honors the creative movement of politically active, socially minded, and musically diverse professional and community-based street bands working in the United States, Europe, Australia and South America today.

Risks and challenges

Presenting a multi-day arts festival in NYC is no small endeavor. HONK NYC!'s resilience is due as much to the passion of its producers as it is to the power of the community of artists, activists, and neighbors supporting it. They are the backbone of this festival, and have committed to working as hard in 2014 as they have in years past to make the dream of HONK NYC! a reality. 2014 is our year to solidify connections and strengthen the foundation of our festival to create a sustainable model that can continue to grow and flourish for years to come.

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    Big, heartfelt thank-you shoutout online, across Twitter and Facebook!

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    This is your chance to get a pre-sale ticket to our Friday Night Gala at Gowanus Ballroom!
    with SPANGLISH FLY
    HUNGRY MARCH BAND,
    UNDERGROUND HORNS,
    BATALA NYC and more.

    Friday, October 17
    Doors at 7pm / Show at 8pm.
    $15 at the door.

    The annual HONK NYC! Friday night blowout, presented in conjunction with Gowanus Open Studios, stages again at the cavernous gallery space of Gowanus Ballroom. Joining New York City Latin Boogaloo band Spanglish Fly will be the all-women Afro-Brazilian collective Batala NYC, Brooklyn Afro-Funkers Underground Horns, Hungry March Band, Radio Kaizman, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps and more TBA.

    Event updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/313591888821366/

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    Get the seven-track album "Latin Soul y Bugalu" from Spanglish Fly via download, or on CD (first come first serve...we have 10 of each!)

    "What Sharon Jones did for oldschool soul, what Antibalas did for Afrobeat and what Chicha Libre is doing for chicha, Spanglish Fly is doing for bugalu."

    -- Lucid Culture

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    From our own lovely Sxip Shirey - an mp3 download of his album, Sonic New York!! If you don't know Sxip yet - you should. "Sxip Shirey is a composer and performer who lives in New York City. His music is beautiful, surprising, deep and will twist your head right around. Ecstatic melody, unimaginable sounds and deep sexy beats played Industrial Flutes, Bullhorn Harmonicas, Regurgitated Music Box, Triple Extended Pennywhistls, Miniature Hand Bell Choir, Obnoxiophone, Glass Bowls With Red Marbles, human beat box and a clutch of curious objects."

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    Awesome Mix Cassette Tape (!) to listen to in your car or other vehicle or Walkman, of all HONK NYC! bands, to support rental of the Big Bus. Also available as digital download. Overseas friends get the download!!

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    Pre-sale ticket package to the Friday Night Gala at Gowanus Ballroom!

    You get: two advance tickets, and a refreshment for you and your guest.

    See lineup and updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/313591888821366/

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    HONK NYC! commemorative T-shirt! Wear your love for HONK NYC! on your sleeve.

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    Get Environmental Encroachment's "Bunnification" Package! Become a part of the pageantry of EE with your very own set of bunny ears and EE undies. In black or pink; medium, large and extra large all-cotton boy-brief unisex sizes available only. Sport the EE Bunny logo on your front; the word "Encroach" appears on the back of the brief. Satin bunny ears also come in pink and black.

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    Limited Edition of Hungry March Band's new single, MALI MALI, on red vinyl! Proceeds will go to feed all our musicians!

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    Calendars! Connect with the spirit of the HONK NYC! Fest every day of the year. Featuring the fine photographic work of Adrian Buckmaster, DJ Steve Pagan, Ray Wu and more.

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    Thanks to our friends at Littlefield, we can offer a ticket package of two transferable tickets for all of these shows! That's eight tickets in all, normally a $60 value.

    - Night Train with Wyatt Cenac (every Monday night except for some holidays)
    -Running Late with Scott Rogowsky (monthly until December)
    -Awkward City...and the Sex on 10/29
    -Experiment Comedy Showcase on 10/26

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    Sheet Music Package of popular songs from the HONK NYC! songbook - will benefit the free shows in schools outreach! Music self-played is happiness self-made. Digital download available for overseas.

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    One-of-a-kind super-sexy re-designed bustier-style Honk NYC tee-shirts made by Tine Kindermann! We only have three of these!

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    One-of-a-kind super-sexy re-designed bustier-style Honk NYC tee-shirts made by Tine Kindermann! Tine's ADDED three more Tee's!

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    HONK NYC commemorative hoodie! Temps are dropping. Nothing like a classic black hoodie to beef up your winter jam.

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    The big Friday Night Gowanus Ballroom Gala package: Two advance tickets, two refreshments, and one HONK NYC! tee to sport about town.

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    One-of-a-kind fancy feather hair fascinators by Alita Edgar of Charm School Design, costumer to the Hungry March Band! In red and black band colors or custom colors to your request...see https://www.etsy.com/shop/charmschooldesign for examples.

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    Are you in need of a fanfare? Perhaps "Reveille" to wake up in the morning or "Taps" to wind down at night? Would you like to serenade someone with a trumpet-gram? Would your softball game only be complete with a rousing rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner?" How about a surprise "Happy Birthday" for your sweetheart? Hungry March Band's own Jenny Harder is at your service to provide the very best brass flourish for any occasion.

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    Trombone Telegram! Sebastian Isler, of NYC's Hungry March Band, offers the following: "Your grandparent, parent, lover, brother, sister, significant other, friend or partner can have a beautiful birthday song played over the phone on the magnificent trombone. Live and in the style of your choice. Sebastian will call, play and deliver your message. Requests accepted."

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    Big Bag O Music! Tons of CDs and swag from your favorite honkin' bands.

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    Dance, dance dance! Enjoy a private dance class with the lovely ladies of the Hungry March Band Pleasure Society. Learn all the moves to get you groovin' at gigs and be inspired to choreograph one of your own - they'll help! (Delivery subject to scheduling.)

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    Your invitation to a private dinner party and meal for backers and the bands on Tuesday October 14th! with a performance by Radio Kaizman.

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    Two tickets to Floating Kabarette, the city's most sensual and edgy weekly cabaret event, at Galapagos Arts Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Luxuriate in front-island seating, closest to the artists high in the air, on the stage, and on the catwalk. Only ONE pair available. The Brooklyn Paper writes, "If you want your low necklines with highbrow gloss, head for Galapagos to catch Floating Kabarette."

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    Blacksmith Class - Learn the basics of blacksmithing at Serett Metalworks in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

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    Batala NYC drum explosion! New York City's all-female Afro-Brazilian samba reggae ensemble -- a force to be reckoned with -- will descend on your party with the power of the drums, for five big tunes!! Approx. a half hour of entertainment.

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    Hungry March Band, at your service! A full 45 minutes of the HMB experience at your private event in New York City, subject to band schedule and availabilty. (Note: no festivals; promoters are ineligible.)

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